Faculty A-Z

Rachel Prowse

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (University of Manitoba), RD (Manitoba Partnership Dietetic Education Program), PhD (University of Alberta)

Community Health and Humanities

709 864-6622


Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, NL A1B 3V6

Research Interests

  • public health nutrition
  • dietetic practice
  • food environments
  • food marketing
  • food policy
  • chronic disease prevention
  • natural experiments
  • practice-based evidence

Current Research

Monitoring Food Promotions in Canadian Recreation Facilities
NPA: Rachel Prowse; Co-Is: Erin Hobin, Kim Raine, Dana Olstad, PJ Naylor, Sara Kik, Hassan Vatanparast. Health Canada $199,880 (2 years) (April 2020 – September 2022)
Funder: Health Canada

Current Students
Currently accepting MSc and PhD students

Selected Publications

Brown, J.A., Ferdinands, A.R., Prowse, R., Reynard, D., Raine, K.D. & Nykiforuk, C.I.J. (Accepted 2021). Seeing the Food Swamp for the Weeds: Moving Beyond Food Retail Mix in Evaluating Young People’s Food Environments. Accepted to SSM - Population Health.

Prowse, R., Richmond, S., Carsley, S., Manson, H., & Moloughney, B. (2020). Strengthening public health nutrition: Findings from a situational assessment to inform system-wide capacity building in Ontario, Canada. Public Health Nutrition, 23(16), 3045-3055. doi:10.1017/S1368980020001433

Prowse, R., Lee, K. M., Chen, E., Zuo, F., Hammond, D., & Hobin, E. (2020). Testing the efficacy of and parents' preferences for nutrition labels on children's menus from a full-service chain restaurant: results of an online experiment. Public Health Nutrition, 23(10), 1820–1831. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980019004488

Prowse, R., Naylor, P. J., Olstad, D. L., Storey, K., Carson, V., Mâsse, L. C., Kirk, S., & Raine, K. D. (2020). Impact of a Capacity-Building Intervention on Food Marketing Features in Recreation Facilities. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(10), 935–943. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2020.03.009

Prowse, R., Tomlin, D. L., Naylor, P. J., & Raine, K. D. (2019). Exploring Nutrition Labelling of Food and Beverages in Vending Machines in Canadian Recreational Sport Settings. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research: a publication of Dietitians of Canada = Revue canadienne de la pratique et de la recherche en dietetique : une publication des Dietetistes du Canada, 80(2), 55–62. https://doi.org/10.3148/cjdpr-2018-039

Prowse, R., Naylor, P. J., Olstad, D. L., Carson, V., Mâsse, L. C., Storey, K., Kirk, S., & Raine, K. D. (2018). Reliability and validity of a novel tool to comprehensively assess food and beverage marketing in recreational sport settings. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15(1), 38. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-018-0667-3